Macy Gray Responds to Backlash for Her Comments On Transgender Women: Transphobic or Uneducated?
Renowned R&B/soul singer and actress Macy Gray recently sat down with Piers Morgan on his syndicated talk show “Piers Morgan Uncensored” to discuss a plethora of political hot topics, including her views on transgender identity.
During the interview, Morgan stated, “We’re in an era now, basically where most public figures are too terrified to even say what they think a woman is.” He then followed with the question, “If I asked you what a woman is, what would you say?”
Gray initially answered, “A human being with boobs—and a vagina!”
As the interview continues, Morgan speaks on the controversial topic of transgender women competing in sports with cisgender women and how he deems it unfair—to which Gray agreed.
“And I will say this, and everybody’s going to hate me, but as a woman, just because you go change your parts doesn’t make a woman. Sorry.” Gray said.
“You feel that?” Morgan asks.
“I know that for a fact!“, Gray replied. ..“If you want me to call you a ‘her’, I will because that’s what you want—But that doesn’t make you a woman.”
Of course, these comments sent social media into a frenzy with Gray receiving backlash, as well as praise for her words. Gray has since spoken out after going viral, taking to Twitter to reply to a few tweets regarding her comments on Morgan’s show.
“There is no bigger admirer of LGBT community than yours truly. it takes real balls to be honest about who you are. “woman” is a title that you earn and become. just like “man.” there are plenty of females who aren’t women yet and every girl gets that.”
Additionally, Gary shared, “I have nothing but love for LGBT+ and transgender communities. “My statement on Piers Morgan was grossly misunderstood. I don’t hate anyone. I respect everyone’s right to feel comfortable in their bodies and live their own truth.”
Despite retracting her comments, is it safe to say that Macy Gray was being willfully ignorant when she spoke with Morgan? Or did her comments reveal her underlying transphobia?
Trans Activist Hope Giselle shared her thoughts on Macy Gray's comments in an attempt to educate her.